Presidential Meter

The Presidential Meter form was created by Gary Kent Spain, aka venicebard on Allpoetry.
The form is stanzaic, consisting of any number of quatrains
It is syllabic: 6/5/6/5
Rhyme Scheme: xaxa
It is metric: with long lines being an anapest plus an amphibrach
And the short lines being and anapest and an iamb, or as Gary points out below it can be spoken as trochaic trimeter..So take your choice.
8 lines or more.
His poem in trochaic trimeter:
The Lyre-in-Chief
“If you like your doctor,
if you like your plan,
you can keep your doctor,
you can keep your plan.”
The Liar-in-Chief
War through regulation
waged on you and me.
IRS men target
those who disagree.
Congress is not needed!
for, as he has said,
with his pen and cell-phone,
he becomes the head.
Work that crowd there, baby:
tell them racists lurk.
Tell them those that want to
shouldn’t have to work.
Push those same old buttons,
get that same old drink:
hear-no-evil voters
(lemmings on the brink).
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Gary’s response to my metric interpretation – So you’re saying I misinterpreted his meter, eh?  You are right, in that the way HE says it, it is an anapest followed by two iambs (with feminine ending on odd-numbered lines).  But it CAN be spoken as trochaic trimeter, and I went with that.  Cheers!
My example using an anapest foot:
The Presidential Way (Presidential Meter)
I will gladly enter
yet another form
that allows remembrance
that a lie’s the norm.
Anapests are starting
each and every line.
Then you use an iamb
where you want the rhyme.
First he won by plying
us with guilt and pride.
From the start however,
the man lied and lied.
© Lawrencealot – June 2, 2014
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Presidential Meter

Rondel Grande

This is a form created by Victoria Sutton, aka, Passionspromise on Allpoety.
It is stanzaic, and syllabic, with a minimum of 3 quintains, and no maximum.
The first four lines are 8 syllables, the fifth line is 6 syllables and is the refrain.
Rhyme Pattern: ababR cdcdR..etc.  
Syllables: 8/8/8/8/6   
Example Poem
Missiles Launched
The hawks of war are given cause
by rogue depots exporting hate.
Their missiles met now with applause
from hating killers may tempt fate.
Unsheathe  the swords of war.
Let power fall to terrorist
Organs of any stripe, then know
that peaceful folks will not resist
what will most surely be the flow.
Unsheathe  the swords of war.
Israel has restrained and we
at cabinet levels have been mute,
regarding retaliatory
actions. But at some time we’ll shoot.
Unsheathe  the swords of war.
(c) Lawrencealot – April 5,2012     
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LaGrange Quatrain

 La Grange Quatrain created by Lisa La Grange of AllPoetry
Syllabic: 8/7/8/7
 Rhyme scheme: aba                  
Meter: Tertius paeon
dee dee DUM dee, dee dee DUM dee                                
dee dee DUM dee, dee dee DUM                                
dee dee DUM dee, dee dee DUM dee                                
dee dee DUM dee, dee dee DUM
Note alternating feminine and masculine rhymes.
 Example Poem
Forfeited Opportunity     (La Grange Quatrain)
Undeserved, he’s still receiving
approbation from the left.
While the right is past deceiving
and he forces wide the cleft.
A white guilt, earned by grandfathers
and augmented by black pride
brought to office one who bothers
not at all laws to abide.
Our first black to claim the title
has mis-used the office throne
gaining wealth as though entitled.
redistributes what’s our own.
Were I black I’d be resenting
the destruction he’s allowed;
this historic representing
should have made all races proud.
© Lawrencealot – November 2,2013
Poem my be any multiple of 4 lines.
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Invented by Bhaskar Datta  writing on
Within a Triolet, the 1st, 4th, and  7th lines
repeat, and the 2nd and 8th lines do as well.
The rhyme scheme is simple:  ABaAabAB, capital
letters representing the refrain lines.
Make writing a Triolet more challenging!
Make each line 8 syllables in length (4 metrical feet),
written in iambic tetrameter (the more common way),
or try it in pentameter (English version)
NOW that you have done that, add an oxymoron to each line and you have an OXYLET.
Example Poem
Left Ain’t Right
Now we will try to right a wrong 
for we don’t find the left is right. 
We are aroused, but passive throng. 
Now we will try to right a wrong 
We’ll loudly sing our quiet song 
and wage this year our peaceful fight. 
Now we will try to right a wrong 
for we don’t find the left is right. 
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Englyn Milwr

The traditional Welsh form Englyn Milwr (soldier’s englyn):  three 7-syllable lines rimed on the last syllable.  (Englynion are short epigrammatic verses.)  Further, it has the Cynghanedd required of a Welsh bard, in this case Cynghanedd Groes (cross consonance), where the second part of the line repeats the sequence of consonant sounds in the first part (n can be ignored, as can the sounds at the end of the last syllable of either part, while w and y are treated as vowels).
Eyes ask sweetly; nose seeks tail;
she purrs soft, a show:  prize sale!
With man so fooled, the mice flail.
Example Poem
Obama Care
O-care cuts the doctors’ pay,
deigns to proscribe doctors’ play.
Mine says “Why?”, and moves away.
© Lawrencealot – Edited December 10,2012

Related Welsh Form are HERE.

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syllabic: 7/7/7
rhymed: aaa




Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Isosyllabic, Simple


A complete poem composed of one ballade stanza: eight or ten-syllable isosyllabic lines rhyming ababbcbc.

Also known as the Monk’s Tale Stanza.





Rhythm/Stanza Length:


Line/Poem Length:


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My Thanks to Charles Weatherford for the fine resource above.

  • Huitain, is an octastich, a poem in 8 lines. It is made up of a single Ballade stanza without an envoy. The verse form was most popular in the 16th century and was often used for epigrams in the 18th century. One source suggests the Hutain may have begun in Spain with the simple 8 syllable by 8 line frame which is typical of early Spanish verse. Which came first and who influenced who, who knows. The French were sometimes known to use the frame for a collaborative poem between 2 or more poets. Each poet contributing a hutain around a central theme.The Huitain is an octastich written in octasyllabic lines, the most common rhyme scheme ababbcbc.


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 My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the fine resource above.
The true Huitain is a single verse, eight line poem with eight syllables per line.
The French form began as the Spanish with eight lines of eight syllables, but it also allowed for the continuation of the poem in additional eight line stanzas. It was even accepted as a form of collaborative poetry with several poets each contributing their own eight line stanza.
The English, with their fondness for iambic pentameter, also accepted ten syllable lines, but to me this strays too far from the original intent of the form. Myself, I stuck to the original, Spanish rules. My example is eight lines of eight syllables each. 🙂

Various rhyme schemes that have been accepted:
French/English #1: ababbcbc
French/English #2: abbaacac
Spanish #1: ababacac
Spanish #2: abbaacca 
Example Poem
Today’s Press Too (Huitan – French/English # 2)
“First get your facts said young Mark Twain,
then …distort them as you (may) please,”
an editorial newsprint tease.
The politicians all do feign
to patiently their points explain,
but facts seem bothersome at best,
when asked details they will abstain.
They give just “views” then let you guess.
Lawrencealot – November 12, 2012
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Mystique Sonetillo Acróstico

This form was created by  Alberto Jose Alvarez Gonzalez aka MystiqueWizzard
It is a mixture of  Acrostic, Sonetillo and English Sonnet as it would end with rhyming couplet.
Here´s the twist:
8 syllables : Stanzas 1 -3
7 syllables  :Stanza 2 and couplet
Rhyming Scheme is: abba bccb cddc ee, (abbabccbcddcee)
The closing couplet must conclude what’s stated in the first two stanzas and
the third stanza will be a little change in the direction of the statement( light volta).
You must choose a theme that holds 14 letters so you can make it acrostic.
The theme MUST be a satire or hold an obvious satirical tonality.
Example Poem
America, Obama said,
Needs fundamental change– and hope.
That he, a dream black, clean as soap,
Implied would be so free of dread.
Can’t ‘member him saying “Nope,
All thru creating, so much
Prosperity– losing touch
Indeed with the poor man’s need.”
There’s green that needs the Fed’s soft touch.
All businesses need our control
Lest they be soon on public dole.
Imagine! We can be your crutch.
So yep,  I do have small change.
That’s one thing he did arrange.
© Lawrencealot – August 25, 2012
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Palidrome Poetry

Palindrome Poetry
Also Known as Mirrored Poetry   (See also Tuanortsa  Trick Poetry).

A palindrome, by definition, is a word, phrase, verse, sentence, or even poem that reads the same forward or backward. It stems from the Greek word palindromos: palin, meaning again, and dromos, meaning a running. Combining the two together, the Greek meaning gives us, running back again…

Example Poem

Time to Caucus

Grumble and hollar and growl and mumble.

Mad and agitated was I glad?

Tumble and hoot now so bumble.

Bad events population sad,

bet placed folks upset yet

long faces folks wrong.

Yet good things get.

Throng in song.

One done


Done one

song in throng;

get things good yet.

Wrong folks faces long

Yet upset folks placed bet.

Sad population events bad

Bumble so now hoot and tumble

Glad I was agitated and mad!

Mumble and growl and hollar and grumble.

© Lawrencealot  – April 12, 2012